ONE OF THE MOST DRAMATIC EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT PAN-AMERICAN "FAST TRAIN" WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED.
We have offered various examples of this issue with "fast", "slow", "high" and "low" trains. However, this example of the fast train variety is the most dramatic we have seen and is especially desirable as a plate block
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING MINT NEVER-HINGED 4-CENT PAN-AMERICAN, GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY P.S.E.
The Pan-American Issue is notoriously difficult to find with anything even approaching the term "wide margins". Most high-grade copies have margins which measure equally, but are not what one would consider wide when compared to other contemporary issues. The stamp offered here, with essentially perfect centering and Jumbo margins, is a dramatic exception to that rule.
With 2017 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ at the 98J grade, SMQ $5,500.00 for 98 and $22,500.00 for 100). This is the only stamp at this grade in the P.S.E. Population Report, with only two higher -- one 100 and a 100J, both of which have been sold by Siegel this year (100J was in Sale 1199, lot 1404, realized $28,000 hammer; 100 was in Sale 1206, lot 335, realized $18,500 hammer). We are surprised that this example did not garner a Gem 100 grade but given its Jumbo margins we would put it next to the Gem 100 in eye appeal.
FINE AND RARE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE ONE-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.
The Pan-American inverts were the first bicolored postage stamps produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the first invert postage errors issued by the Post Office since the 1869 Issue. The 1c Pan-American Inverts were found in several post offices around the country. Thirteen blocks of four, a block of six and the block of 20 offered in our 2018 sale of the William H. Gross collection are recorded in our Levi records. Some of the multiples may have been broken into singles by now.
Ex Whitman. With 2001 P.F. certificate. For a history of the 1c Pan-American inverts see https://siegelauctions.com/2018/1188/101.pdf
FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT IN SOUND CONDITION.
A survey of the Levi records produced 64 single unused stamps (excluding the block of four and rejoined block of four). Many of these were described in auction catalogues more than 40 years ago; therefore, the determination of soundness is uncertain. However, assuming the old descriptions were reaffirmed today, approximately 45% of singles across all centering categories have faults.
With 2007 P.F. certificate. Scott footnote states "Almost all unused copies of No. 295a have partial or disturbed gum. Values are for examples with full original gum that is slightly disturbed."
FINE CENTERING. A COLLECTIBLE AND AFFORDABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 4-CENT PAN-AMERICAN INVERT.
The 4c Pan-American Invert was a special printing and not regularly issued. Examples were distributed through two official channels, and the gum on the majority of stamps without "Specimen" overprint was disturbed. In fact, because the stamps were removed from mounting paper, they are generally thinned or have seriously disturbed gum.